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Sep 12, 2013 09:48 AM

Kin Khao - Thai-style Thai in SF

"I want to open a really good Thai restaurant—the kind of Thai restaurant that I want to eat at.”—Pim "Chez Pim" Techamuanvivit

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  1. Wow. i hope they have a version of Khao Soi on the menu. i am scared to imagine what the prices may be with the location and crew she has involved, but i am looking forward to trying it.

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    1. re: jupiter

      The first time I had kao soy was the dish she made for the chowing with the hounds picnic some years ago in Golden Gate Park. So yeah, I hope it's on the menu.

      1. re: Melanie Wong

        Melanie, we will definitely have Khao Soi on the menu. The protein in it may change every so often, but there will always be one. I love it so much, too.

        1. re: Pim

          I didn't see Khao Soi on the sample menu - or did I miss it?

            1. re: Melanie Wong

              Wow, thanks for sharing. That looks delicious. Can't wait for the restaurant to open.

              1. re: farmersdaughter

                Soft opening is tomorrow, Wednesday, February 19.

                P.S. Glad to see your name on the board again.

                1. re: Melanie Wong

                  How does the soft opening work? Unannounced but otherwise open to the public, or via invitation only?

                  1. re: mikeh

                    Invitation only is usually called friends & family. Soft opening usually means you open to the public with no formal announcement or effort to publicize it.

                    1. re: mikeh

                      Hmm, to me soft opening means open to the public, whereas "friends and family" would be invitation only. I had been told that tomorrow was the soft opening. So I called the restaurant (415-362-7456) now to try to get a quick answer on the opening date. The male voice said that it's opening to the public on Friday. Then I asked if Wednesday was for friends and family, and he said, yes.

                      Tablehopper (Feb 4, 2014) had previously reported that soft opening would be around Feb 17-18 and to stay tuned for the exact date.

                      P. S. Missed you too!

      2. I'm certainly of fan of her (old) blog and her generosity at sharing recipes :)
        Just wish she had chosen a location that is more accessible to those of us who don't live in the city and maybe less pricey location, but certainly looking forward to hearing reports when this opens!

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        1. re: estnet

          It's two blocks from a BART station -- seems pretty accessible to me.

          1. re: estnet

            I don't know how it could be much more accessible to people who don't live in SF.

            Smooth Thai is much cheaper than the average Thai place:


            Presumably Kin Khao will have to charge more because they'll be using better ingredients and more labor.

            1. re: Robert Lauriston

              Wow this is a tough crowd :( Some of us don't have BART!

              But the real issue is that I think we are all looking forward to Pim's venture and are anxious to sample to food! Anxiously awaiting opening date.

              1. re: estnet

                What would be more accessible to you?

              2. re: Robert Lauriston

                One is certainly not going to flaunt Manresa caché and bring in designer-label cocktail crafters and charge Tenderloin prices.

              3. re: estnet


                We are actually quite easily accessible. There are a lot of parking options around the area. The best and cheapest one is the lot on Mission st. between 4th and 5th. If you're coming in from South of the city, you get off the freeway then come up 5th st., then you're pretty much there.

                From the lot, you walk 1 block up to Market street, cross Market and we're less than a block away.

                We will also have valet parking, but it will be limited to just 2 hours.

                Hope this helps,

                P.S. Thanks for the nice words about the (old) blog. cheers!

              4. For me this is the most exciting news in a very long time.

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                1. re: Thomas Nash

                  Very cool indeed. Thanks for the link to that article too. I can't seem to get in the habit of going on line to read the full articles (!). Interesting too that there is to be a third Lers Ros, this one in the Mission.

                  1. re: grayelf

                    Thought you'd want to see this photo of a test batch of Sai Ua:

                2. Getting closer to opening, the website just went live. Here's the sample menu:

                  55 Cyril Magnin St.
                  San Francisco, CA 94102
                  (415) 362-7456

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                  1. re: Melanie Wong

                    Looks yummy, I'm surprised there aren't more chicken dishes besides the wings & Khao mun gai (chicken fat rice), but that's my preference, I like laap gai.

                    1. re: Melanie Wong

                      That's the most exciting menu I've seen in a while.

                      1. re: Robert Lauriston

                        I guess I'm the only one slightly annoyed at the "tweeness" of the menu - and surprised that as a writer (or former writer?), the owner would have so many grammatical errors on the menu.

                            1. re: dml

                              Did not clock how close this is to Union Square, a boon for us touristy types :-). Top of the list for sure, especially for the SO coming in on business.

                              1. re: grayelf

                                the full name of the hotel complex containing the restaurant is Parc 55 Wyndham Union Sq., three short blocks from the actual square and very close to the Powell St. bart.

                                1. re: moto

                                  Thanks -- the hotel came up when I googled the address, so that explains it.